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Nikon D5 and D500 push the boundaries of low-light photography

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 7:12 pm

CES 2016 - Nikon has released two new cameras in two different segments that have some fantastically high specs. The D5 halo DSLR and the D500 APS-C based DLSR have the highest ISO sensitivity in any consumer available sensor, not to mention a whole lot more when they release in March.

 

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The D5 is the flagship camera for Nikon that builds wildly on the successes of the line of massive full-frame cameras with a much improved 35mm sensor that can shoot at a whopping 3,280,000 ISO. This opens up so many possibilities with low-light photography. Just don't expect print quality at that 3 million setting, but this does mean that noise should be better at higher than usual ISO settings that might be used on real shoots

 

The D500 uses a similar cropped APS-C sized sensor (DX format) that has slightly less megapixels though it's still just as sensitive as it's big brother. This is Nikon using the majority of the technology found in their halo product and trickling it down. On the back is a 3.2-inch touchscreen and all the manual controls you'd want.

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Lenovo's Yoga 900S is the world's thinnest convertible laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 4:58 pm

CES 2016 - Lenovo was out in force at CES this year, showing off its new Yoga 900S which the company claims is the world's thinnest convertible laptop.

 

 

We have a 12.5-inch QHD (2560x1440) display with a 360-degree hinge for any situation, with the entire body of the Yoga 900S made from carbon. Inside, we have an Intel Core M processor, Active Pen support, 10.5 hours of battery life and of course, Windows 10.

 

Unfortunately, the Lenovo Yoga 900S only features 8GB of RAM, but you can customize up to 512GB of storage inside. The Yoga 900S starts at $1099 and will be available in March.

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LG's V10 smartphone features super-cool Dual Window mode

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 7:56 am

CES 2016 - If you haven't seen LG's V10 smartphone, you really need to get acquainted with it. It features a beautiful 5.7-inch QHD display, with a smaller 0.2-inch display that shows critical information as well as a place for shortcut icons.

 

 

Inside, the V10 sports Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 processor, 4GB of RAM and expandable storage thanks to its included microSD slot. Around the back, we have a 16-megapixel camera with OIS and laser autofocus, but up front we have dual 5-megapixel selfie shooters. All of this will run for most of the day thanks to its 3000mAh battery.

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Alienware offers VR Ready PC and Oculus Rift for $1600

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 6:47 am

CES 2016 - Alienware has announced a new promo aimed at new VR adopters that discounts the price of an Oculus Certified PC when purchased alongside an Oculus Rift headset.

 

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With the Oculus Rift opening up pre-orders at $599, key hardware titans are piecing together VR-compatible builds to prepare for the oncoming storm of virtual reality. Dell's Alienware line has joined the VR Ready program by announcing the $1200 Alienware X51 R3 Gaming Desktop, which sports the minimum specs required to power the Rift. The Alienware X51 comes with an Intel i5-6400 Skylake CPU, 8GB of onboard DDR4 RAM clocked at 2133MHz, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (model unspecified, probably stock), and a 1TB hard drive. No keyboard, mouse or monitor is included.

 

$1200 seems like a lot, especially for a PC that only sports the bare minimum specs. Alienware will actually lower the X51 R3's price down to $1000 if you pre-order the Oculus Rift along with the PC...but of course that brings the grand total of your bill to $1600 plus tax. Apart from the discount, one of the major benefits in going this route is that you automatically get skipped to the front of the Oculus Rift pre-order line and are guaranteed to receive your headset when the first batch is released.ds don't have to be expensive if you look in the right place.

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TP-Link's new tri-band WiGig router hits a top speed of 7.2Gbps

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 4:44 am

CES 2016 - TP-Link has unveiled the world's first 802.11ad router that leverages three bands for a total speed of up to 7.2Gbps.

 

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TP-Link's new Talon AD7200 router taps into the power of WiGig--the brand for Qualcomm's new 802.11ad standard--to deliver ultra-fast speeds. The Talon AD7200 sports a tri-band access point chipset that combines the monstrously-fast 60GHz WiGig with 802.11ac's 2.5GHz and 5GHz frequencies, totaling up to an insane speed of 7.2Gbps.

 

Although WiGig presents tremendous gains over traditional Wi-Fi, the new band can't penetrate walls and is limited to a single area. Luckily the Talon AD7200 will automatically switch over to the most efficient frequency at any given moment without interrupting tethered connections. So if you walk outside of WiGig's potent-but-limited range, the router will switch over to 802.11ac Wi-Fi without breaking a stride. The AD7200 also supports older frequencies including 802.11 a/b/g/n.

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Prepare for VR with this $250 XFX AMD Radeon R9 290X

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 3:18 am

If you're planning on jumping on the VR bandwagon and just need to upgrade your video card, then we've found a good deal for you.

 

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We've seen some pretty stellar deals from Tiger Direct over the last few weeks, including a VisionTek AMD R9 Nano for just $400. The latest sale sees a pretty beefy discount on a tremendous VR-capable video card: an XFX AMD Radeon R9 290X for just $251.99.

 

The deal shaves a clean $128 off of the card's retail price tag, and arms you with a substantial graphical contender that will carry you through this generation of virtual reality tech. The XFX Radeon R9 290X Black Edition's specifications include 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM, a core clock speed of 1050MHz with a memory clock speed of 5,000MHz, double dissipation Ghost2 Thermal cooling, 2,816 stream processors, and is packed on a 512-bit bus.

 

This particular card also comes packed with the benefits of AMD's R9 200 series, including support for FreeSync, DirectX 12, 4K resolution, and AMD EyeFinity. If you pick up the care, be sure to check and make sure your power supply is compatible, as the XFX Radeon R9 290X requires 1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin connectors.

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LinusTechTips builds $30,000 gaming PC, runs 7 gaming setups at once

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 1:33 am

CES 2016 - I'm a huge fan of LinusTechTips, watching virtually all of their videos as soon as they're released, but their latest project is something truly glorious.

 

 

The guys at LTT built an insane $30,000 gaming PC that is capable of driving 7 different PCs, each with their own 3440x1440 UltraWide monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The 7 systems run as separate virtual machines, each rocking an Acer Predator X34 monitor (Linus and I have impeccable taste when it comes to 21:9 displays) with the beasty system featuring AMD Radeon R9 Nano cards.

 

The system itself is powered by two Intel Xeon E5-2697 processors, each with 12 cores (24 if we take into consideration Hyper-Threading), which provides the equivalent of a quad-core CPU per user. The motherboard of choice was an ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS, with an insane 256GB of DDR4 RAM (8 x 32GB sticks) and 8 x 1TB SSDs. An EVGA T2 1600W PSU was used, with the entire PC housed inside of a CaseLabs Mercury S8.

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NVIDIA used GTX 980 MXM modules during Pascal tease at CES 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 12:17 am

CES 2016 - During NVIDIA's CES 2016 press conference, CEO and founder Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage to talk about where NVIDIA is in its journey on automotive technology.

 

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Huang announced that NVIDIA's next-generation Pascal architecture would be powering their automotive efforts this year, with it being as fast as 150 MacBook Pros. But, during my downtime in my hotel to read up on some of my favorite tech sites, I stumbled across AnandTech's piece on Drive PX 2.

 

One of AT's readers noticed that NVIDIA didn't use Pascal GPUs when Huang held up a prototype PCB with two Pascal GPUs. AT reports: "Kudos to our readers on this one. The MXM modules in the picture are almost component-for-component identical to the GTX 980 MXM photo we have on file. So it is likely that these are not Pascal GPUs, and that they're merely placeholders".

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HTC sales dropped 35% in 2015, but the Vive is right around the corner

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 8, 2016 11:28 pm

HTC sales took a big hit in 2015, dropping 35% over sales in 2014, according to the company's newly released annual financial report.

 

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Last year, revenue totaled $3.65 billion, down 35.24% from 2014's $5.64 billion; December 2015 sales totaled $195.7 million, a 57.08% decline year-on-year, and 36.64% sequentially.

 

HTC is now counting on its Vive VR headset to get them back into shape. Pre-orders start next month.

AMD Crimson Edition 16.1 hotfix driver gets rid of all kinds of bugs

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 8, 2016 10:24 pm

AMD has released its Crimson Edition 16.1 hotfix driver, fixing bugs in eight different games, as well as various non-game issues.

 

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Fallout 4, Elite Dangerous, Black Ops 3, Dirt Rally, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Battlefront, and Just Cause 3 are the games affected; the issues no longer present range from poor performance in some situations to crashes to flickering.

 

Non-game issues touch on installation, unique display configurations, and FreeSync, among other things.

 

For the full list of changes and to download the driver, hit the source.

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